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Photographer Using iPhone 4S to Cover Olympics


iPhone 4S camera

You’d think that a modern photojournalist covering the world’s biggest sporting event for one of the UK’s biggest papers would use a serious camera for the job. Not The Guardian’s Dan Chung, who is using an iPhone 4S.

Perhaps we should clarify - Chung is using the iPhone 4S to live-blog the event from a photographer’s perspective. This means lots of small, incidental snaps taken and uploaded immediately. We can think of no better device to do that (well, apart from maybe a Nokia PureView 808).

Even then, he’s needed a little help to get his shots. That help comes in the shape of a clip-on Schneider lens (all the better to get a close-up of Michael Phelps making like a salmon) and the popular Snapseed app for tweaking and editing the images.

Archer iPhone 4S

Some of the results are highly impressive, given the hardware restrictions.

Besides the aforementioned Phelps snap, highlights include a detailed picture of an archer releasing an arrow - with the arrow perfectly captured mid-air. We’re also impressed with the kayaking close-ups, which capture the turbulent swell of the water brilliantly.

Check out all of the results here. It’s amazing what you can do with a modern smartphone (and huge amounts of skill and experience).

Via: DPReview


August 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

I love that this article has the headline "Photographer Using iPhone 4S to Cover Olympics". It's Dan Chung!!!!

Don Kanonjii

August 3, 2012, 4:27 pm

Not being a pro and only just getting into photography, I would have thought that the iPhone would not have had a fast enough shutter speed to capture the arrow in mid flight, couple that with the lag of pressing the screen and the autofocus...doe this lense attachment really make that much of a difference?

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